Romeo and Juliet

Performances have been cancelled

Romeo and Juliet

Performances have been cancelled

About the Ballet

Running time: 2 hours and 50 minutes with two 20-minute intermissions

Romeo and Juliet Cancelled. Read Statement

Overview

Alexei Ratmansky created his stunning adaptation of Romeo and Juliet for The National Ballet of Canada in 2011 to open the company’s 60th anniversary season. The production is true to the colour and character of 16th century Verona and jampacked with dancing – fast footwork, expressive pas de deux and gorgeous ensemble pieces blending classical and folkdance elements. Romeo and Juliet is pure Ratmansky, a thoughtful and visually striking revival of one of ballet’s great narrative works.

The Story

Verona is the site of a longstanding feud between two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo, a Montague, falls in love with Juliet, a forbidden Capulet, and they marry in secret. When Juliet learns she is pledged in marriage to someone else, she takes a sleeping potion to convince her family she is dead. She sends news of her plan to Romeo but he does not receive it. Believing Juliet dead, Romeo takes his own life and she, on waking, takes hers, joining him in death.

Read Full Synopsis

Romeo View Gallery

Five Things About Romeo and Juliet
The Choreographer

Born in St. Petersburg, Alexei Ratmansky is a choreographer and former ballet dancer. He is Artist in Residence at American Ballet Theatre and former Artistic Director of The Bolshoi Ballet. He has created new work for ballet companies around the world, including Romeo and Juliet for The National Ballet of Canada in 2011.

The Composer

Russian-born Sergei Prokofiev was one of the major composers of the 20th century, known and celebrated for his symphonies, operas, piano sonatas and ballets, notably Romeo and Juliet and Peter and the Wolf, widely considered his masterpieces.

More Video

Read More

Prokofiev's Score – A History

Reviews

“A Romeo and Juliet for our time” —Los Angeles Register

“Of the six versions I have seen by choreographers alive today, this is much the best.” —The New York Times

“A must-see… Ratmansky’s greatness lies in his ability to mirror music in dance. The emotional arc of the characters is cunningly shown in movement. In fact, the music and the dance seem inseparable.” —The Globe and Mail
 

Casting

Juliet
Elena Lobsanova (March 11, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm)
Chelsy Meiss (March 12 at 2:00 pm/March 21 at 7:30 pm)
Heather Ogden (March 12 at 7:30 pm/March 14 at 2:00 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (March 13 at 7:30 pm/March 15 at 2:00 pm)
Jurgita Dronina+ (March 14 at 7:30 pm/March 22 at 2:00 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina (March 19 at 7:30 pm/March 21 at 2:00 pm)
 
Romeo
Guillaume Côté (March 11, 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 22 at 2:00 pm)
Brendan Saye (March 12 at 2:00 pm/March 21 at 7:30 pm)
Harrison James (March 12, 19 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 21 at 2:00 pm)
Naoya Ebe (March 13 at 7:30 pm/March 15 at 2:00 pm)
 
Mercutio
Jack Bertinshaw (March 11, 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm)
Donald Thom* (March 12, 15 at 2:00 pm/March 13, 21 at 7:30 pm)
Skylar Campbell (March 12, 19 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 21 at 2:00 pm)
Piotr Stanczyk (March 22 at 2:00 pm)
 
Tybalt
Piotr Stanczyk* (March 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 21 at 7:30 pm/March 12, 21 at 2:00 pm)
Brendan Saye (March 14, 15, 22 at 2:00 pm/March 13, 19 at 7:30 pm)
 
Nurse
Lorna Geddes (March 11, 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 22 at 2:00 pm) 
Rebekah Rimsay (March 12, 15 at 2:00 pm/March 13, 21 at 7:30 pm)
Alejandra Perez-Gomez (March 12, 19 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 21 at 2:00 pm) 
 
Friar Laurence
Peter Ottmann (March 11, 12, 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 22 at 2:00 pm)
Tomas Schramek (March 12, 15, 21 at 2:00 pm/March 13, 19, 21 at 7:30 pm)
 
Lord Capulet     
Etienne Lavigne (March 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 21, 22 at 2:00 pm)
Jonathan Renna (March 12, 15 at 2:00 pm/March 13, 21 at 7:30 pm)
 
Lady Capulet    
Stephanie Hutchison (March 11, 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 22 at 2:00 pm)
Alejandra Perez-Gomez (March 12, 15 at 2:00 pm/March 13, 21 at 7:30 pm)
Joanna Ivey (March 12, 19 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 21 at 2:00 pm)
 
Lord Montague 
Tomas Schramek (March 11, 12, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 14 at 2:00 pm)
Brent Parolin (March 12, 15, 21, 22 at 2:00 pm/March 13, 14, 19, 21 at 7:30 pm)
 
Lady Montague 
Chelsy Meiss (March 11, 12, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 14 at 2:00 pm)
Alexandra MacDonald (March 12, 15, 21, 22 at 2:00 pm/March 13, 14, 19, 21 at 7:30 pm)
 
Duke of Verona
Jonathan Renna (March 11, 12, 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 22 at 2:00 pm)
Etienne Lavigne (March 12 at 2:00 pm/March 21 at 7:30 pm)
Peter Ottmann (March 13, 19 at 7:30 pm/March 15, 21 at 2:00 pm)
 
Paris
Ben Rudisin (March 11, 18, 20, 21 at 7:30 pm/March 12 at 2:00 pm)
Christopher Gerty* (March 12, 13 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 15 at 2:00 pm)
Donald Thom* (March 14, 19 at 7:30 pm/March 21, 22 at 2:00 pm)
 
Benvolio
Skylar Campbell* (March 11, 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 22 at 2:00 pm)
Spencer Hack* (March 14, 21 at 2:00 pm/March 19, 21 at 7:30 pm)
Siphesihle November* (March 12, 13 at 7:30 pm/March 12, 15 at 2:00 pm)
 
*Debut    +Company Debut    Guest Artist
 
Casting subject to change.

Credits

Choreography:
Alexei Ratmansky

Music:
Sergei Prokofiev

Set, Costume and Properties Design:
Richard Hudson

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton

Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.

Performances have been cancelled.

More Information >

Karen Kain – 50 Glorious Years

2019/20 marks Artistic Director Karen Kain’s 50th anniversary with The National Ballet of Canada.

Celebrate With Us

Delve Deeper

Visit our news section, Ballet News + for a more in-depth look at all of our productions.

Visit Ballet News+

Celebrate the Dancers

This timeless story is magnificently brought to life by the National Ballet's dancers. They relish rich roles like these to connect with audiences, showcase their talents and push themselves to even greater heights.

Donate Today

Email Newsletter

Be the first to know when casting is announced by signing up for Ballet News.

Sign Up Today